A Kent State University student involved in a two-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Alabama has died from his injuries.
Joseph J. Marino, 23, of Parma, was a passenger with four other KSU students whose car collided with a semi truck on Interstate 65 in Autauga County. He died Sunday at a hospital near Montgomery, Ala.
The university released a statement Monday, saying, “The Kent State community is sad to learn of the passing of Joseph J. “JJ” Marino, one of our students, following a car accident in Alabama. We express our deepest sympathy to his family and friends, many of whom showed their love and support for him on social media. The Kent State community continues to pray for all of those involved in the accident and their families. Counselors are available through University Health Services for those who need support during this difficult time.”
Nader Hassen, 22, of Strongsville, was driving the 2001 Ford Escort carrying the KSU students. He and the other passengers — Lamar Washington, 23; Michael Willis, 25; and Joseph Noah, 22 — were transported to a hospital for treatment.
The truck driver was driving a 2001 Freightliner, according to Charles Dysart, with the Department of Public Safety.